We are pleased to announce the planning for the next NSCS Academic Summit is underway!

The dates have been set:  Thursday and Friday, November 13-14, 2014.  The location will be set soon so keep following this webpage for additional updates from the Summit Steering Committee.


An Academic Summit Steering Committee has been formed, comprising representatives from the three State Colleges and the System Office.  This Steering Committee will determine the theme and structure of the summit as well as tackle the logistic aspects of planning and implementation of the next NSCS Academic Summit.


Visit this site regularly for updates on the following:

The NSCS Academic Summit is internal in focus for the NSCS faculty.  It builds on the previous summit held at Wayne State College in February 2013, which focused on OER (Open Educational Resources).


If you have any suggestions for the Academic Summit Steering Committee, please contact one of the Planning Committee members:


                               Chadron State College         Don King

                                                                        Charles Snare

                                Peru State College             Gina Bittner

                                                                        Todd Drew

                                Wayne State College          Meenakshi Dala

                                                                        Todd Young

                                                                        Michael Anderson                            

                                System Office                    Oren Yagil



Below is a review of the first System Summit held at Wayne State College in February, 2013:

“Wayne State College was the host site for the Nebraska State College System open education summit Feb. 10-12.

Nearly 130 faculty and staff from Chadron, Peru and Wayne State Colleges came together with internationally known experts in the field of Open Educational Resources. Those unable to travel to Wayne for the summit were able to participate virtually from designated sites at Peru State and Chadron State Colleges.

Participants at the OER Summit engaged in discussions, course demonstration projects and plenary sessions on the history of open education, challenges facing providers and users and possibilities for the future. The group examined free and low cost materials available through projects such as the Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware, the Washington State Open Course Library and the Creative Commons copyright.

Internationally recognized speakers for the OER Summit included Dr. Vijay Kumar, director of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cable Green, director of Global Learning for the Creative Commons, Dr. David Wiley; director of the Open Education Group at the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling at Brigham Young University; Kim Thanos, program manager for the Kaleidoscope Project and CEO of Lumen Learning; and Dr. Norman Bier, associate director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University.”

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